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October Glisten Girl of the Month

10.21.14

We’re excited to announce that we will be featuring one “Glistener” each month, a gal or a guy who is an example of what it means to glisten from the inside-out! Formally, glisten means to shine, sparkle, twinkle, glint, glimmer, shimmer, wink or flash. We think that sounds pretty darn fabulous, don’t you? Our definition of a “true glistener” is a “Shut Up & Glisten” follower who inspires others to be healthier by example.

Through Shut Up & Glisten we want to do more than share healthy recipes and nutrition advice. We want to create a space free of judgement where everyone can encourage and inspire others. In order to achieve this, we plan to feature one person each month that we believe exemplifies the qualities of a “true glistener”. By doing so, we hope to be able to give YOU the opportunity to inspire others to live healthier, happier lives. So, if we catch you doing something healthy, you just might be featured next!

With that being said, we are excited to announce our very first Glisten Girl of the Month, Miss Halle Van Natta!! She is a true glistener inside and out. She is a self-motivated fifteen year old (as of today…Happy Birthday Halle!) who balances home schooling with hours of dedication on the tennis court. Her passion for tennis fuels her desire to live a healthy life. Let’s see what she does that makes her glisten…
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How do you stay fit? I play tennis. Lots and lots of tennis. On Tuesdays and Thursdays,  I hit with a coach for two hours in the morning and then do school work. In the afternoon I hit balls at the tennis court at the end of my street using a ball machine. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I go to a tennis academy for two and a half hours where I do a variety of foot drills, sprints and cardio.

Is it easy for you to stay fit because you enjoy playing tennis? Yeah, I love tennis and plan to play it for the rest of my life; wherever it takes me. When you enjoy your workout it’s easy to find motivation to do it.

What advice would you give to anyone who is trying to get fit but can’t stay motivated? Find an exercise program that you enjoy. If you hate biking, then don’t bike. Find an activity that you look forward to doing. If you can, vary your exercise to keep it interesting.

What types of training do you do? I do a mixture or cardio and weight training. At tennis we do 10 minutes of footwork drills, 15-20 minutes of cardio (including sprints) and then 10 minutes of strengthening exercises in addition to actually playing. It’s a well-rounded program that keeps me fit and gives me the endurance I need to play in weekend-long tennis tournaments.

Do you follow a special diet? I follow a gluten-free diet beacause Celiac Disease runs in my family. Even though I don’t feel terrible when I eat gluten, I do feel that I have better endurance and more energy when I avoid it completely.

Is being gluten-free hard for you? No, my whole family eats gluten-free and we all love healthy food. My mom is a great cook so we rarely eat out and when do we choose the restaurant carefully so it’s pretty easy to avoid foods that contain gluten.

What’s your favorite go-to snack? I love peanut butter on rice cakes or with apples. It tastes great and gives me lots of energy.

What’s your favorite splurge? Chocolate! I love anything chocolate so probably chocolate lava cake or chocolate chip cookies, both gluten-free of course!

What song are you loving right now? “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. I sing it out loud every time it comes on.

If you had a quote or motto, what would it be? “If no one comes back from the future to stop me from doing something, then it probably isn’t that bad of an idea.”

Congratulations and thank you, Halle, for being our very first featured Glisten Girl!!

Sending you LOVE and PEACE, The Glisten Girls

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